What are we going to watch tonight?
In our home, screen time has become somewhat of a family fun activity. Watching a documentary with your teens can be a great way to change up your traditional movie night and make things a little educational. Documentaries can be just as fun as a regular movie, and get your teenagers thinking about the world around them.
Here are good documentaries for teens and tweens that can be found on Netflix or online to watch with as a family.
Blackfish is a compelling story about the mistreatment of orca whales at SeaWorld. This documentary follows the story of Tilikum, an orca whale living in SeaWorld.
For the Love of Spock
If your family is a Star Trek fan, they will love For the Love of Spock! This documentary follows the famous character Spock and the man who played him. If you are a lover of Star Trek or even space, then you will love this documentary!
If your kids liked watching Blackfish, they might also find Cowspiracy just as moving. This documentary focuses on the journey of environmentalists and what it could take to save our planet.
From One Second to the Next
If you are looking for a compelling documentary, From One Second to the Next is one worth watching! This documentary follows the lives of people who were affected by texting and driving.
42 Grams shares the story of Chef Jake Bickelhaupt and how he turns his life around by going from running an illegal restaurant in his home to becoming a culinary celebrity. This story is perfect for showing that anyone can turn their life around and make a name for themselves.
The Ivory Game
The Ivory Game is a documentary that sheds light on the struggle to stop poachers from killing animals for their tusks. This documentary sheds light on the ivory trade and how animals are losing their lives for the sake of money.
The Bad Kids
The Bad Kids takes place in Black Rock Continuation High School and follows the story of one principal’s mission to help realize the potential of his at-risk students. This story is an amazing rags to riches story like you’ve never seen before!
Fire at Sea
Fire at Sea tells the story of a group of Europe’s migrant crisis on the island of Lampedusa. This fantastic film takes an entirely different approach to covering this topic in an enlightening and unique perspective.
Joshua: Teenager vs. Superpower
Joshua: Teenager vs. Superpower can teach your kids about the power of one person being able to make a difference! This documentary shares the story of a teenager named Joshua as he tries to fight against the Chinese Communist Party.
There are so many good documentaries on Netflix and all over the internet to watch while you’re at home! Your teenagers will love watching these documentaries, and it can be something fun and relaxing to do while you’re at home.
If you are looking for more show ideas to watch with your teens, I have a whole post here to help you find a great TV series.
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